This piece, published in 1981, was written for and published by United Ministries in Education, an interdenominational Christian project dedicated to “peacemaking in education.” It is grounded on an assertion of a significant relationship between the oppression of women and the institution of war, contextualized in the ideologies that perpetuate them, sexism and militarism. It further asserts that the influences these two ideologies have on American education pose significant challenges to peace education. Both sets of assertions were given little attention in any of the fields of peace knowledge in the early 1980s.
The problematic of gender, or issues of “women and peace,” however, had become an emerging concern among women peace activists and peace educators. Chastened by being instructed by their governments in 1975 that peace, one of the three themes of International Women’s Year was but a hope and a sentiment, not truly a concern of women. Accordingly, it should not be given serious attention, either by the intergovernmental World Conference on Women, or the parallel civil society gathering, The International Women’s Tribune held in Mexico City that year. Consequently, there developed over the next decade serious political action, leading to another (ultimately three more) world conference on women, a growing body of literature with a burst of publications in the mid-80s, and the gradual but limited introduction of gender into peace education.
Read the great post here: Militarism and Sexism: Influences on Education for War – Global Campaign for Peace Education